“… for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:11-13 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” Phil. 4:4 “Is depression a sin?” a woman asked me one day. An awesome question, isn’t it? A question that deserves an answer. Now I’m not a Bible expert. I’m just head over heels in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and a passionate pursuer of Him, of learning of Him, drawing closer to Him, and digging ever deeper into His Word to understand and live by His Truth. I am also an expert in depression as someone who was debilitated by it for years and who had suicidal thoughts for about two decades.…

“And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15 How much of our lives do we spend trying to get comfortable, to be comfortable, to remain comfortable, to avoid being uncomfortable, craving comfort, desiring comfort, lusting after it, living for it, indulging in it, frantically clinging to it, clawing at it, desperately seeking it, holding onto it for dear life, chasing after it like we can’t live and breathe without it, making decisions based on it? “Die to self,” the Spirit of God spoke to me early one morning as I climbed up off the floor from praying briefly there. Believing in and following the Lord Jesus Christ for the…

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20 I have made many moves in my life.  To all sorts of places. For all sorts of reasons. In all sorts of seasons of my life. With all sorts of intentions. With all sorts of dreams. Or none. With plenty of expectations. To run. Away. For one purpose. Or another. But never have I made a move as the one I am days away from making. A move for the Lord Jesus Christ. As a Christ follower, I have come to understand, accept, and…

Lara’s Update & Prayer Request  “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mt. 28:18-20 ESV  Dear everyone, I am leaving South Carolina on April 25 to follow the Lord as He leads me forth to fulfill my life’s calling as Christ’s servant to help people to find and follow the Lord Jesus Christ forever. My house will immediately go on the market, and I am taking my Bibles and bare…

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 If you’ve ever struggled with self-pity, you probably know it’s an awful lot like quicksand. Once you take a step into it, boom. You start slipping down. Then down some more. Down, down, down. A downward spiral into pure thick yuck and mud and stuck. I’m plenty familiar with self-pity. I’ve held a zillion pity parties, found people don’t tend to like to attend them, and gotten stuck into way more quicksand than I care to recall. One day the Spirit of God caught me quickly. Just as I was about to start the downward spiral, right as my foot started to stick. He showed me where I was headed and…

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19 “Remember years ago when I told you to stop calling me knucklehead?” I told my ex-husband on the telephone about a half hour after we had met at our usual fast food restaurant where we gathered periodically to study the Bible and catch up. He couldn’t remember. Age had gotten us both when it came to our memories. But between the two of us we could patch together different memories. I…

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:7-9 ESV    I hope your dog dies. The words weren’t just words. They stung. Like heck. They hurt. Oh how they hurt. I remember vividly those words a little girl spewed at me about 40 years ago. How can I forget? Not that I haven’t forgiven her. Not that I don’t understand we were just little girls,…

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10 Met the weakest woman in the world? If you know me, surely you have. That’s how I feel anyway. Like the weakest of all. I am so weak in so many ways it astounds me I can get through the day – and come out the other end with love, joy, peace, hope, etc. Let alone accomplish a single thing the Lord sets…

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Phil. 4:4 “This is what makes her happy,” a husband told me about his wife one day referring to a big volunteer endeavor she had taken on that seemed to have become all-consuming and per her husband had helped her deal with an enormous personal challenge. “And our happiness is what matters, isn’t it?” he essentially said. Well. Um. Hmm. I started to agree with him because I knew it would make him happy. No pun intended. Clearly he wanted and expected I would agree with him. So I began to validate what he had said about our happiness being what matters in life. But the Spirit of God quickly convicted me. I shouldn’t have hesitated at all. I should…

    “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Rom. 14:17    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Rom. 15:13     HOPE. JOY. PEACE. These are words people tend to talk and write about around Christmas, right? Oftentimes they get dropped or little regarded anyway for the rest of the year. Sure, we toss them around occasionally. We may pray for them a bit. We may experience them periodically. One or the other or some combination of them. Maybe all three. For a while. Or not at all. But do we really understand what is promised us…

   “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16 ESV    “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ESV    “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Eph. 5:2 KJV     How’s your love life? Please read the verses above. What do you see? See all the conditions? We should love others when they’re good to us, kind to us, nice to us, generous to us, giving to us, love us, share with us, encourage us, compliment us,…

“That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days:…” Deut. 30:20 “Trust me,” the Spirit of God told me one night as I knelt on my knees praying before bed. “You need to obey. You don’t need to understand.” I had been questioning something He had told me to do. Had it really been God? Would He tell me to do something like that? It didn’t make sense. To me anyway. It wasn’t comfortable. Not to my flesh. It hadn’t been my idea. I had resisted Him. Then obeyed. Then questioned Him afterward. More resistance. Lack of sweet humble submission. His Spirit reminded me. I am…

A New Heart for Your Enemy  ““You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…”” Matthew 5:43-45 It’s one thing to pray for someone who’s an enemy because we have to. It’s another thing because we want to. I was shocked and blessed one day to find myself in tears as I prayed for someone who had deeply hurt me. I wasn’t in tears for myself. God had already convicted me I needed to repent of the hurt and self-pity, lay down my life and what I had wanted and how I was treated, and realize…

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets…” Luke 6:22-23 Sometimes God calls us to do stuff that looks totally crazy to the world. Love for God obeys God no matter what our obedience looks like to others. Whether we are ridiculed, criticized, judged, gossiped about, rejected, abandoned, hurt, hated, lectured, and/or persecuted, no matter how crazy our faith appears to our loved ones, co-workers, teammates, classmates, cellmates, homeless buddies, teachers, strangers, anyone, we need to…

   “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:7 NLT    “so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 ESV I am not a Bible expert nor a Bible translation expert. I don’t know Greek and Hebrew. But I am also not a fool. Words can…

  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Mt. 7:21 ESV    “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:36 ESV    “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17 ESV    “You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” James 2:24 ESV     Some wake-up calls come from alarm clocks. Some wake-up calls come from hotel clerks calling us in our hotel rooms at the time we desire.…

   “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18    “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” Jude 1:24 A woman told me one day she had taken a fall. Not just a fall, to be precise. She had been falling. That day she had merely recounted one of her numerous falls. She wasn’t particularly old, mind you. But she had a disability, in medical terms anyway. Spiritually she seemed to have one also. The same one lots of us are prone to have – if we’re not careful. The kind of disability that leads to falling. And all the hurts and hardships that come with taking…

   “Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 ESV ///    “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…” Isaiah 5:20 ESV “I was born that way,” someone told me one day in referring to a particular sin with which he struggled. He was not the first, nor the last, to believe such a thing. Countless others struggle with the same sin – and same justification. As though being “born that way” condones the sin and makes it okay. As though it is not sin. As though God would create anyone to live in direct opposition to His Word. I don’t struggle with the same sin, but “I was born that way”…

    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:12 KJV     There’s nothing more obvious and basic when it comes to winning a war than that you need to fight your enemy to win, right? One time many years ago my pastor at the time called two people to the front of the sanctuary and asked them to stand one behind the other, with one person’s arms wrapped around the other person’s back so they were stuck together and looked like one person. Then he called two other people to stand facing them in the same manner. He then went on to use them to illustrate a…

   “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3 Got kids? Grand-kids? Dogs? Cats? Boyfriend? Girlfriend? Best friend? Loved one? Someone you just adore? Someone you love to speak passionately about? Because you just can’t help yourself? The person is just that fantastic, that wonderful, that awesome, at least in your heart and eyes anyway? So you find yourself constantly gushing at the mouth about your kids, grand-kids, dogs, cats, boyfriend, whomever? Remember the movie from long ago called, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids?” With my middle-aged memory, I can’t even remember if I saw it! But the name of the movie just happened to pop into my mind one morning. Not because I was thinking of the movie, mind you. Or movies…

“I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.” Psalm 22:22 Who doesn’t in this crazy, ever-worsening world filled with ever-crazier, ever-worsening news love to hear a true story of a marvelous miracle courtesy of the Lord and His amazing magnificence, splendor, love, grace, and mercy, right? I wonder how often, however, we get so lost in the wonder of the miracle and God’s awesome supernatural power and how He bestows it upon His creation that we perhaps lose sight of something just as important as the miracle and giving God glory for it – how those on the receiving end of His miraculous and sovereign grace respond to it. Do we who receive miracles respond with praise, thanksgiving, honor, adoration,…

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“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” Romans 14:12-13 “Why don’t they do…?” I asked the Lord, frustrated for the umpteenth time. I don’t remember my exact words to Him, but I most assuredly remembered the message behind it. I was thinking about all the years I had had my ministry and how exceedingly few people had ever helped me. How few had offered to help, how few had said yes when I asked for help, and how few who had committed to help actually followed through, for more than a few times anyway. And I…

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee…So Abram departed.” Gen. 12:1-4 KJV    “…Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” Acts 9:6 KJV (Jesus speaking to Paul)      Abraham and the apostle Paul may have lived a long time apart, but they had a bunch of things exceedingly important in common when it came to their awesome work for the Lord: They both loved, honored, and obeyed God even if they both didn’t start that way. (Paul started off persecuting Christians). When God said GO to them, they both went. They didn’t need to know the details of…

  “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18   “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 ESV “I am truly sorry for interrupting you & speaking to you in the manner I did. I was wrong & prideful & should have listened and then responded if and as the Lord would have led me. Thank you in advance for forgiving me, sweet friend!!!” I wrote a beloved friend one fine morning. The morning was fine, such a fine, fine morning, because the Lord had so filled me with His glorious Spirit, had for so long been refining me and transforming me by His Spirit through deep, dedicated, and…

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh…” 2 Cor. 10:4 The world teaches us to fight our battles with our fists in the air, throwing punches at our enemy, fighting in all the strength we can muster, looking to past victories or others’ victories as our model to win the battles we face today. But the Bible makes clear this is NOT the way to fight our battles. In fact, the Bible reveals 6 ways NOT to fight our battles. Don’t go into a battle God hasn’t called us into; go only into the ones He has called us into. Don’t fight in our own “strength”; fight in His strength, or might. Don’t enter battle without the “full armor of God”; wear it and use it.…

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 Within just minutes of getting on the phone with a friend who had reached out in response to hearing that I was struggling with something and could use prayer, she interrupted me not to just say she would pray for me. She had the nerve, the gall, the audacity, to do something totally inappropriate, unkind, insensitive, and un-compassionate, don’t you think? She pointed out something I was doing wrong that was undoubtedly displeasing to God and an impediment in my relationship with Him and would do nothing but hamper my continual learning how to walk, or to live, by…

“…that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” Acts 26:20 ESV If you believe salvation, or being saved from God’s wrath, death, hell, and the lake of fire, and being promised God’s love, grace, forgiveness, mercy, a relationship with Him now and forever in heaven, is as simple, quick, and easy as saying a prayer, confessing your sins, asking Jesus into your heart, being baptized one pretty Sunday morning, going to church, reading your Bible, and calling yourself a Christian, or something like it, you are being deceived. You may even be deceiving others by telling them the same. You may well be on the highway to hell and the lake of fire, to live in perpetual torment eternally apart from God. How…

 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34 ESV     “I don’t want to give that to so-and-so,” I told the Lord in no uncertain terms as I continued day by day to go through my possessions and give away or throw away almost everything but bare essentials as I prepared to embark on the road with America as my missions field. This particular possession was something fairly expensive, in my estimate anyway, that I wanted to continue to use for the dogs. Or give to someone really nice to me. Like the person I had originally thought He wanted me to give it to. “That person’s nice to me,” I…

“And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go…And he arose and went…Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him…And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.” Acts 8:26-39 (bold added)     If you know the story of the apostle Philip, the angel of the Lord, and the eunuch in need of Christ, maybe you’ve heard the message I missed for years in reading the story. A message for us all – in eight words. Arise. Go. Arose. Went. Go near. Ran thither. When God calls us on a…

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